John Harbaugh impressed by Lamar Jackson’s accuracy

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Before the draft, the NFL’s media company pushed this opinion from an unnamed offensive coordinator regarding quarterback Lamar Jackson:  “He will not be able to play [quarterback] in this league — mark my words. When he throws, he hopes.”

Yes, mark the words of someone whose provided the words under the cover of anonymity, so it’s impossible to ever tell that person, “Your words were the wrong words.”

One guy who may already be ready to unmark the words of the unnamed assistant coach is Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who praised Jackson’s throwing skills nine days after making him a first-round draft pick.

“The thing that I was really impressed with is I thought he was accurate,” Harbaugh told reporters on Saturday. “You read the reports and stuff like that but he’s a naturally talented thrower. He’s got natural arm talent. And that’s something that I think people were questioning. So to see him out here throwing the ball naturally and very accurately I thought was a big plus.”

Of course, throwing at practice is one thing. Throwing during a game is quite another. Eventually, Jackson will get a chance to do that. The question is whether he’ll do it well enough to get the Ravens to move on from the first-round quarterback the Ravens drafted 10 years ago.

56 responses to “John Harbaugh impressed by Lamar Jackson’s accuracy

  1. What surprises me, is, didn’t Harbaugh watch him person or on tape?

    To be surprised is to be unprepared (at this stage). You can be surprised when he becomes a low 1st round pick and leads the team somewhere or becomes one of the better QB’s in the League. Things you can’t predict, see or be prepared for.

  2. I am not impressed with Jackson’s throwing. Harbaugh can sugar coat it all he wants. Odds are Jackson will never be a passing quarterback. If they drafted him for anything but his legs, they made a mistake.

  3. I think if he can get a year or two watching from the sideline, you will have an elite QB.

  4. “John Harbaugh impressed by Lamar Jackson’s accuracy”
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    As I recall, J.H. was also impressed with Billy Cundiff, until he wasn’t any more.
    Wide left from 32 yards!

  5. Jackson has landed in a pretty good spot. He needs time to develop and Flacco isn’t going away just yet.

  6. A QB’s success is partially determined by where he was drafted. A guy that was a very high pick will generally get years and years to prove that he can’t play (like Alex Smith or Blake Bortles), while a gut who got drafted later might have to prove time and time again that he can play (like Nick Foles or Kurt Warner). If given enough time to develop, most talented guys will be able to make it. Very few QB’s have as much raw talent as Lamar Jackson, and it sounds like his coach is in his corner.

  7. I don’t get how people can be so negative and root against this kid. He’s done nothing but play his heart out for his team, electrifies his team and stays out of trouble. I’m rooting for the kid and I honestly believe he will be much more successful than some of the other QBs taken before him.

  8. Every sports channel talks about how good the Ravens draft was then immediately talks about Jackson……the forth qb taken off the board. Wonder why.

  9. I love when the Ravens pat themselves on the back. It is a beautiful thing with a 4th straight year of no playoffs. Good thing they keep paying Weddle, Crabtree and all their other overpriced and overrated, older players.

    They’re like the Raiders of the east coast.

  10. shlort says:
    May 5, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    I am not impressed with Jackson’s throwing. Harbaugh can sugar coat it all he wants. Odds are Jackson will never be a passing quarterback. If they drafted him for anything but his legs, they made a mistake.

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    The Pats fake interest in both Jackson and mayfield, is hysterical.

    One more bullet in the chamber as to why they are so great. The vulcan mindmeld from BB is still in full effect.

  11. Does that mean John has no more excuses? No wait, he can still say it’s the Patriots fault. Like the Stealers, Jets, Colts etc.

  12. Might one day be as elite as Flaccos other backup who the national media loves. Tyrod Taylor.

  13. vaphinfan says:
    May 5, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    Every sports channel talks about how good the Ravens draft was then immediately talks about Jackson……the forth qb taken off the board. Wonder why.

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    It is because Harbaugh loves the media. He runs his mouth as much as Rex Ryan did and no one can fugure out how such a
    medicore coach who has led his team to 3 straight seasons with no playoffs is still coasting. Well, little Johnnie Whinebaugh has spent more time and energy trying to cheat from the competition committee than becoming a better coach or talent evaluator.

  14. At least Harbaugh isn’t pulling a “Hue Jackson” and declaring now that Flacxo is his starter before his QBs have had a chance to compete for the job

  15. The very same thing was said about the Great Gimmick in 2012 during his insult upon professional football in 2012. He never threw beyond seven yards with any accuracy so he didn’t do that often. In fact, he was nearly perfect when throwing passes behind the line of scrimmage! And just remember no one ever had a more perfect training camp than RGMEMYMY. It was the regular season where the wheels fell of this circus.

  16. bandzz says: “I don’t get how people can be so negative and root against this kid. He’s done nothing but play his heart out for his team, electrifies his team and stays out of trouble.”
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    That’s 95% of college athletes.

  17. Going #32 was the best thing to ever happen to LJ he can do everything all the other QB’s can do but can’t none of them do what he can do. #8 going shock the world

  18. You know why they have pro coaches? To fix the flaws of amateur players. It’s incredible when an NFL position coach tweaks something in a player and their world opens up.

  19. I preface this again with Im a Skins fan. RGIII hurt my little burgundy and gold feelings. I hate how the whole thing ended. With that said all the folks that crap all over him, RGIII’s rookie season is probably the most fun any skins fan has had sine Gibbs’ one great season in his 2.0…and then before that it would have been Gibbs 1.0. RGIII was dyanamic and amazing to watch his rookie season. It completely sucks how it all went down afterwards, no matter whose fault RGIII or Shanahan….. as a skins fan it just sucked.
    His hate isn’t justified. The man was a stud till his injury. I imagine his fall would have half of the folks messaging on a board, living with a bottle of booze for breakfast lunch and dinner, or some other crazy ends if they had endured the gigantic fall from grace and the adversity this dude has faced. Hate him, like him, but the man just keeps kicking, and that is commendable. Anyone can shine when things are great, but the sheer character of a dude to get back up…. Im impressed. I really hope RGIII has a resurgence…..(that doesn’t screw the skins, Im a nice guy….but I still have burgundy and gold glasses) and I really hope this Lamar Jackson dude takes a giant dump on all the haters (preferably not at the expense of my skins … (but it seems we take giant dumps on ourselves the last quarter century so maybe we won’t notice)

    Point is, RGIII wasn’t a bust till he got injured and though he broke alot of skins fans hearts, Id say he gave us all 75% of our fondest memories of the past 25 years.

  20. Might one day be as elite as Flaccos other backup who the national media loves. Tyrod Taylor.

    This is such a self-created nonsense narrative. Across the board, the 3rd round pick for Taylor was lambasted. No one actually thinks he is any better than a guy that can eek out an 8-8, maybe 9-7 season.

    Or you can just blame any reality that you don’t like against the “media.” It’s the American way now, I guess.

  21. In fairness I should preface this with I’m not Ravens fan, Harbaugh fan or Jackson fan. I’ve just been in a few different arguments leading up to the draft about this QB draft class and I realized something…

    Harbaugh may be correct. If one takes the time to really look at Jackson, a very different perception is readily available.

    The narrative that Jackson is inaccurate is largely misleading. He played with some pretty inept receivers at Louisville. Some necessary stats one needs to consider;

    —His receivers at Louisville had a drop rate of 9%, that level of ineptitude is demonstrative, because it’s a MUCH higher percentage than any of the other QB’s in this draft class. If one adjusted his completion percentage to an average drop percentage he jumps to 73%+, which would rank him as the second most accurate passer in this draft.

    —Using the same idea, just an average drop rate, while under pressure, his percentage would jump to 66% while under pressure. Which was another major knock on him. He would also boast a 91+ QB Rating outside the pocket, both of which would rank him again in the top 2 of this draft class.

    So, maybe theses stats mean nothing, or maybe Harbaugh isn’t full of it because he drafted him. Maybe he will be Watson good, or Wilson… Who knows, I personally am very confident he’ll be MUCH better than 90% of the commenters on this thread think he’ll be.

  22. He’s gotta be better than Kyle Boller but I wonder if he can be better than Tyrod Taylor, which is not a knock on either of them. Just a thought since they had him and he went on to be an average starter elsewhere while Flacco is elite only when it comes to pay checks.

  23. Of course Jackson looks in practice. EVERYONE always looks good in practice. Why, Jackson probaby looks better in practice than Brady looks in practice.
    However, Jackson has to prove he can read an d recognize NFL defenses, understand the coverages, change to better offensive plays, call the correct pass blocking scheme for the offense, read the actual pass coverages on the receivers, makes his read progressions, anticipate when the receiver will be open, makes all of the different passes while anticipating when the receiver will be open, and recognizing the different wrinkles defenses will try to confuse him with, while facing the most ferocious pass rushes the defense can produce to crush and stop the QB.
    So looking good in practice has never been an indicator of how well a QB will do in a NFL game.
    Sorry Jackson fans for this dose of reality, but it will be a while before Jackson can mater all of the elements needed to successfully pass in the NFL.

  24. Didn’t Broncos coaches say the same thing about Tim Tebow after his first minicamp? The game is berry different in full pads with an NFL defense going all out to stop you. We’ll see how impressive his accuracy is then

  25. When has a coach ever felt the need to tell us that a QB is accurate before? Sounds like damage control to me.

  26. Redskins should’ve taken this kid over another D-lineman.
    We’re gonna have a rough year with nothing to look forward to….wait, that’s every year.

  27. yankees2009 says:
    May 6, 2018 at 7:59 am
    Didn’t Broncos coaches say the same thing about Tim Tebow after his first minicamp? The game is berry different in full pads with an NFL defense going all out to stop you. We’ll see how impressive his accuracy is then

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    And Tebow took a losing team on a win streak and into the playoffs where he and his team dispatched of the Steelers.

  28. Now just what else could the whining Harbaugh say…..”ahh, we drafted a QB that can’t throw worth a damn and couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn”…..don’t think so. He’s just already seen the writing on the wall and is covering his pathetic butt. Harbaugh….what a joke!

  29. nhpats says:
    May 6, 2018 at 12:44 pm
    yankees2009 says:
    May 6, 2018 at 7:59 am
    Didn’t Broncos coaches say the same thing about Tim Tebow after his first minicamp? The game is berry different in full pads with an NFL defense going all out to stop you. We’ll see how impressive his accuracy is then

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    And Tebow took a losing team on a win streak and into the playoffs where he and his team dispatched of the Steelers.

    Anyone who understands the slightest thing about the game of football knows that all had more to do with the Broncos as a team than Tebow. They carried him along for the ride, while he played horribly the vast majority of the time.

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